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What can Todd Bertuzzi teach us about the Oregon bus crash?

Remember Steve Moore vs. Todd Bertuzzi, originally filed in Colorado State court? That case tells us a lot about what NOT to do when contemplating a lawsuit between parties of different jurisdictions. These lessons are also instructive for potential litigation arising out of the tragic December 30th Oregon bus crash which killed and injured many Canadians and Koreans.

Insurance Payouts for Neck Injuries in U.S.

Personal injury awards are governed by the law of Negligence, which always includes several basic elements-Duty, Breach, Causation and Damages-but one cannot look to a national set of awards to determine what an appropriate range of damages might be for a specific case. This is due to the fact that stare decisis, the common law principle that every case is determined by the law developed from cases that preceded it, requires a judge to give greater deference to a decision from his or her own state than one from a different state.


The article addresses ways to maximize claim value for smaller claims, where the difference between judgment value and settlement value is less than $20,000. Bear in mind that few adjusters will settle claims for more than fifty cents on the dollar without at least the threat of litigation, so it's important to know when to engage U.S. counsel to avoid leaving significant value on the table.

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